In the last few days there has been interesting news about the beheading of a French schoolteacher by a Chechen mujahid last Friday. It seems that the schoolteacher, Samuel Paty, was reported to the police for distributing pornographic images after he showed a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of Mohammed to his middle-school class.
But it gets even more interesting: the girl who told her father what happened in class to wasn’t even present the day the Motoon was shown. She simply passed on rumors of the event, which she claimed to have witnessed.
|00:00||He taught history, geography and freedom of expression.|
|00:05||A few days after a short presentation in front of his eighth-grade students, Samuel Paty|
|00:09||was summoned to the police station in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.|
|00:12||A parent had filed a complaint against him for distributing pornographic images.|
|00:17||The teacher defended himself: “My suggestion to the students was to decide|
|00:21||if they wanted to see one of the cartoons from Charlie Hebdo or not,|
|00:25||according their own sensibilities. I suggested to my students to look away for a few seconds, if they|
|00:29||thought they would be shocked for any reason…|
|00:32||After filing the complaint, the student’s parent took to social networks to accuse the teacher|
|00:38||of asking Muslims to leave the class. “The Muslims raised their hands and he told them to go out.”|
|00:44||During police questioning, the teacher strongly rejected any form of stigmatization:|
|00:50||“At no time did I tell the Muslims students to go out because the image would shock them,|
|00:55||and I did not ask which students were Muslim. My goal in asking them to look away was to|
|01:01||prevent them from feeling offended. I have not committed any offense in the course of my duties.|
|01:07||The teacher also provided a detail that has since been confirmed by the forensic investigator.|
|01:12||The daughter of the parent in the video was not actually present in class that day.|
|01:20||In addition, she was absent and wasn’t in class. She made up a story based on rumors|
|01:24||from other students. This is a false statement with the aim of damaging my image as teacher,|
|01:28||along with the school and institution I represent. —On the very day of his questioning,|
|01:33||Samuel Paty filed a formal complaint of public slander.|
|01:36||Four days later he was beheaded while walking home.